Screening Room

MIPCOM Picks 2009 – Conviction Kitchen

Yes, we know Gordon Ramsay is a hard man, or at least he presents himself as one. But how tough would he be at Marc Thuet's restaurant? Thuet, no shrinking violet himself, is opening a new, high-end restaurant in Toronto with wife and partner Biana Zorich. The twist is that the duo is staffing the boîte with 24 ex-convicts, none of whom seemed to take any cooking classes while in the slammer.
September 30, 2009


Yes, we know Gordon Ramsay is a hard man, or at least he presents himself as one. But how tough would he be at Marc Thuet’s restaurant? Thuet, no shrinking violet himself, is opening a new, high-end restaurant in Toronto with wife and partner Biana Zorich. The twist is that the duo is staffing the boîte with 24 ex-convicts, none of whom seemed to take any cooking classes while in the slammer. The restaurant managers have three weeks to whip the ex-cons into ship shape for opening night, and then a scant three months to turn a profit (a bit of a challenge, considering most new restaurants fail within three years of opening). Conviction Kitchen provides a clever take on the ‘chaos in the kitchen’ conceit and while we’ve probably all seen our share of frazzled wannabe cooks cussing in the kitchen, for some reason it still makes for fun TV.
Partners: Cineflix (Dinners) Inc. with Rogers (Canada), distributed by Cineflix International
Length: 8 x 60 minutes
Aired: September 2009 (Citytv)
Rights available: Worldwide excluding Canada

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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